How Die-Cut Wall Decals

Before I got in the vinyl graphics business, I wasn’t quite sure how die-cut decals were applied. How did they find the phone number so straight using a truck? Or how was that intricate logo die-cut logo put on to a wall allowing the wall color to exhibit through?

Now, previously being in the business for more than 16 many understanding the process, I forget our consumers don’t always comprehend how their custom wall decals are designed. I thought I’d make an effort to explain both how, and why, they can be so easy to make use of.

So, let’s take the Nike logo. It’s mostly letters and also a swish, right? Well imagine if I wanted the wall color showing through in which the letters were absent?

Some might think that we will print the decal on clear vinyl. That would sound right right? The color on the wall would show through and yes it would be easy to put on.

But in truth, think that would look professional? In some lighting, you realize you could be able to see the spot that the clear tape ends and that may look, well… tacky.

So then this only option can be to die cut each letter right?

That would not be too difficult for the logo, particularly if the wall decal were to be huge – for just a lobby or conference room.

But what happens if the lettering were smaller? Or imagine if we wished to include the smaller text “Adhere for your style” within the decal? That text is script and a lot of smaller and thinner versus the letters in this logo.

That’s in which a three layer mask also comes in. Here’s the ins and outs.


So the vinyl is either printed and cut, or die cut from your solid color vinyl sheet. It comes off of the machine still held together from the backing since the blades will only cut the vinyl rather than through the paper backing.

Then you’re ready to “weed” the vinyl. Weeding happens when someone requires a tweezer or maybe a pointed pick tool and pulls off every piece that is not needed. So inside our logo example, we’d need to weed everything across the logo, such as the inside from the “e.”

Then, the sole part left around the paper backing will be the logo.

So what exactly is get that logo through the backing paper to your wall? Here’s the location where the third layer also comes in.

Next, we take clear transfer tape and rub it over the entire decal. (It’s important to really know what the decal will be put on to so that the correctly transfer tape is utilized.)

In our case, visit ship the custom wall decal out in our customer.


And all of our customer should do to put on the decal thus to their wall, is peel off of the paper backing.

Once the backing paper is slowly removed, the adhesive side in the decal is exposed. The logo or decal is held together through the clear transfer tape which enables it to easily be applied in as though it were one decal.

Once the decal is squeegeed on the wall, the purchaser simply grabs one corner on the transfer tape, and slowly pulls it for a 90 degree angle. Like magic, the decal stays around the wall along with the clear transfer paper becomes trash.

And that’s the plan – a three layer mask.

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